March 6, 2009
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Sophomore Chris Pack (Darien, Ill.) won his second straight start against the same opponent and Villanova (4-6) finished its Spring Break trip to the Palm Beach Challenge with a winning record behind Friday afternoon's 14-3 win over New York Tech (0-6). The Wildcats scored eight runs in the first two innings and Pack surrendered just one earned run in six frames.
Senior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) and sophomore Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) scored four runs apiece to lead the way for Villanova, which turned in its best offensive showing of the season. One day after recording the team's first individual three-hit game of the season, Hall went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs, while Rosati was 2-for-2 with a single, double and two walks.
Pack (2-1, 1.15 ERA) allowed a run-scoring single in the first inning but wound up allowing just six hits in his third start, during which he walked one and struck out four. An error in the top of the fifth inning eventually led to a pair of unearned runs in the frame. Freshman Tom Tesauro (Lawrenceville, N.J.), redshirt freshman Will Hebard (Winnetka, Ill.) and sophomore Mike Francisco (Newtown Square, Pa.) each worked a scoreless inning in relief.
Villanova drew five of its eight walks in the first inning, including a pair with the bases loaded that forced home the first two of four runs in the inning. Redshirt freshman David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.) hit a two-run single to bring home the other two tallies. In the second inning, the Wildcats strung together four straight run-scoring hits, starting with Hall's second double in as many innings and continuing with RBI singles by seniors Wesley Borden (State College, Pa.) and Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) and junior Justin Bencsko (Pompton Plains, N.J.).
Two runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth rounded out the scoring for Villanova, which had six players with at least two runs batted in. Senior Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) had two hits and two runs scored as just five players combined to score all 14 runs for the Wildcats.
In the fifth inning, Denton Neill hit a sacrifice fly and Effrey Valdez tripled to drive home a run. Valdez was 2-for-3 in the game. Starting pitcher John Eichhorn issued all five of the walks in the first inning and was charged with four earned runs in one-third of an inning to take the loss.
Villanova went 4-3 in the Palm Beach Challenge over the past week at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The Wildcats ended the tournament with consecutive wins over Akron and today's victory over the Bears. The team is scheduled to host Cornell on Sunday at Noon, though the early-week snowstorm on the East Coast will likely force the game to be cancelled. Villanova would instead to return to action at home against Bloomsburg on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.